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Music: Tarja Turunen

Tarja Turunen is the former lead singer of the Finnish Symphonic Power Metal band Nightwish. In 2005, the band fired her in an open letter, leading to a public back-and-forth volley between her and the rest of the band. It was later cited that she had missed too many rehearsals and that her husband influenced her behavior.

Her first solo album, Henkäys Ikuisuudesta, was released in 2006.

Tarja has the unusual distinction of being a female soprano singer for a metal band. Her voice alone led to Nightwish being labeled as "opera metal". "Female-fronted metal" has become a subgenre in part due to the success of Nightwish.

Finnish President Tarja Halonen called her "the voice of Finland". She is well-known across Europe and has a small yet devoted following in North America.

Discography:

With Nightwish

  • 1996 - Angels Fall First
  • 1998 - Oceanborn
  • 2000 - Wishmaster
  • 2001 - Over The Hills And Far Away (EP)
  • 2002 - Century Child
  • 2004 - Once

Solo

  • 2006 - Henkäys Ikuisuudesta (Only available in Finland)
  • 2007 - My Winter Storm
  • 2010 - What Lies Beneath
  • 2011 - Live At Sibelius Hall (with Harus) — this is a classical album, not metal.
  • 2013 - Colours In The Dark

Notable Collaborations


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alternative title(s): Tarja Turunen
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